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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Can badgers move goalposts?

As if the UK Government was not on dodgy ground already in pursuing its shoot-to-kill pilot badger cull in west Somerset, remarks by Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson yesterday has turned the whole misadventure into a farce.

According to the BBC, Mr. Paterson claimed that the "badgers moved the goalposts" when asked why marksmen had failed to reach their cull target. As a result he plans to extend the pilot by up to three weeks in an effort to make up the shortfall:

Mr Paterson explained difficulties lay in the fact the operation was dealing with a feral animal. 

"The badgers moved the goalposts. We're dealing with a wild animal, subject to the vagaries of the weather and disease and breeding patterns," he said.

A Conservative Minister outwitted by a dumb wild animal, who would have thought?

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